Spartanburg Chamber names Terrance Hawes Talent and Economic Inclusion Coordinator

Hawes to work to ensure economic inclusion, retain and attract talent

Monday, May 14, 2018 3:00 pm

by Zach Fox

The Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce has hired Terrance Hawes as Talent and Economic Inclusion Coordinator.

In the newly-created role, Hawes will work alongside the Spartanburg Chamber’s Inclusion Council, the OneSpartanburg Talent Action Team and the Chamber’s Vice President of Talent and Economic Inclusion, Betsy Neely Sikma.

Hawes, a native of Spartanburg’s Northside, is co-founder of B.A.R.S. Academy, a community-driven creative arts and music mentoring program launched through the Start:ME business accelerator. Hawes brings strong program and management skills along with experience acquiring partnerships with established organizations.

“Terrance is deeply committed to Spartanburg,” said Sikma. “He is driven to give back and desires to build bridges between diverse communities to create a more cohesive Spartanburg. This complements the mission of the Inclusion Council and the goals of OneSpartanburg, making him a perfect fit for our team.”

Hawes formerly served as assistant manager for the financial institution Best Cash LLC. He earned his B.A. in Music Business from Full Sail University in 2015.

Hawes’ hiring is the latest step forward for the Chamber’s Talent and Economic Inclusion initiative, which was developed based on feedback from the business community.

The initiative is fueled by the following community partners: OneSpartanburg and its 39 Investors | City of Spartanburg | Spartanburg County Foundation | Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System | BMW Manufacturing Co. | Denny’s | Draexlmaier Automotive of America LLC | Milliken & Co.

Along with Sikma, Hawes will work to create and implement a strategic plan to ensure economic inclusion and to develop, attract and retain talent – the number one issue for Spartanburg’s business community.

The Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit organization supported through membership investment and strategic partnerships. Our mission is to enhance the economic vitality and lifestyle environment of Spartanburg County. For more information, visit

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